I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
on February 26, 2013
Also by this author: Attachments, Fangirl, Landline
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
“Bono met his wife in high school,” Park says.
“So did Jerry Lee Lewis,” Eleanor answers.
“I’m not kidding,” he says.
“You should be,” she says, “we’re sixteen.”
“What about Romeo and Juliet?”
“Shallow, confused, then dead.”
”I love you,” Park says.
“Wherefore art thou,” Eleanor answers.
“I’m not kidding,” he says.
“You should be.”
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.
I knew from the moment I saw Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell that I was going to love it. It was one of those book lover’s intuitions and it was spot on. Eleanor & Park is exactly that kind of angsty emotional story that I love. All the consuming and warm and fuzzy feelings of first love are captured perfectly. This is a book that I could read over and over again and never grow tired of it.
Eleanor & Park is told from alternating points of view. This gives the readers a really unique perspective of their journey to falling in love. My best compliment for this book is that it’s realistic. Eleanor is a very odd girl. She’s not someone that you come across often in YA. I loved how Park’s feelingsdeveloped for her. He was just too nice for his own good. Then before he knew it he was utterly in love with this odd girl. Their feelings played out so quietly at first, just nice gestures and errant thoughts. I couldn’t help but swoon.
Rainbow Rowell knows how to hook a reader. As soon as Elanor sat down with Park on the bus I was a goner. The budding relationship was my favorite part, but there’s a lot more to the story. Eleanor has a very troubled home life and it was heartbreaking to see what she had to go through on a day to day basis. She was such a strong character. I really just loved her. Park also has a rocky relationship with his father and it was fascinating to see their push and pull with each other. I loved all the pop culture references since the book takes place in the 80’s.
This book makes me heavy sigh just thinking about it. I would read it again in a heartbeat. I will certainly be reading everything by Rainbow Rowell that I can get my hands on. It goes without saying that I recommend Eleanor & Park. It was one of the most realistic and heart wrenching love stories I’ve read.